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Dovercourt, Harwich
• Sleeps up to 10 • Near beach • Pet friendly • On holiday site
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Best Things To Do In Essex

Whether you plan a countryside retreat or seaside holiday, there are plenty to amazing things to see and do in Essex. Make the most of your holiday by relaxing in your cosy lodge and visiting some of these top things to do in the county.

Colchester Zoo

Enjoy a wild day out and discover over 260 animal species at Colchester Zoo. Located just outside of Colchester, one of Britain’s smallest towns, Colchester Zoo is fun for the whole family. With over 60 acres of parkland, lakes and experiences for all ages to enjoy, Colchester Zoo is a great idea at any time of the year.

Colchester Castle

In the centre of Colchester, the 11th century Norman castle is a magnificent historical landmark. The castle’s keep is the largest in Europe and the castle is open for the public to visit with guided tours available. The castle has a large surrounding park where you can enjoy a walk or picnic on a sunny day.

East Anglian Railway Museum

For a fun day out, visit this real steam railway museum. See a wide range of stream trains, deiseal locomotives and vintages carriages and even enjoy a train ride. You can visit the Heritage centre, the restoration shed, try the escape room, ride the miniature railway and have lunch or afternoon on the platform or indoors at the Chappel Station café.

Tiptree Jam Factory Shop and Museum

Tiptree in Essex is home to the Tiptree Jam Factory Shop and Museum where the famous jams, marmalades and chutneys are made. Sold throughout the UK, a trip to Essex isn’t complete without a trip to the Tiptree Jam Factory Shop and Museum for fans of jams and marmalades. Visit the museum, get a tour of the factory, buy a wide range of delicious products and enjoy lunch in the tearoom.

Chelmsford City Racecourse

With an all-weather floodlight course, the Chelmsford City Racecourse is one of the best horse racing venues in the UK. Offering top-quality horseracing and memorable days out, a trip to the Chelmsford City Racecourse should not be missed.

Southend Pier

When in Essex, have an outing to the seaside and enjoy a walk along the Southend Pier. Located in Southend-on-Sea, this is the longest pier in the world. There is also plenty of things to see and do including The Royal Pavillion, Salt Café, mini-golf, RNLI lifeboat station and visitor centre where you can buy a postcard to take home.

Adventure Island

For some fun and thrill on the seaside, Adventure Island is a must-visit theme park in Southend-on-Sea. The theme park is free to enter, just buy a wristband or pay as you go and create your own adventure. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or prefer keeping your feet on the ground, there is plenty for all ages including coasters, thrill rides, water rides, mini-golf, sea life adventure, amusements and cafes.

Beth Chatto Garden

For a lovely afternoon out in Essex, Beth Chatto Garden is a beautiful place to visit. Explore the gorgeous world-renowned gardens, woodland and water areas, buy a souvenir or plant from the shop and lunch and tea in the tearoom.

Audley End House and Gardens

Audley End House and Gardens have everything you need for a fun and memorable day out with your family. On your visit you can explore this beautiful mansion house, soak up the stunning views across the Essex countryside, enjoy guided tours through the exhibitions, and walk through the lovely gardens. There is also a children’s play area, museum, picnic area, shop and two cafes. Dogs are also allowed on leads in the grounds so you can bring your furry friend with you.


For a day on the beach in Essex, visit Clacton-on-Sea. Take a picnic and enjoy relaxing and playing on the beach. Make sure you don’t forget to walk along the Clacton Pier where there is a funfair, amusement arcade and aquarium, bowling and places to eat and drink.

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